Bookmark and Share   Apr. 28, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 18 Issue 616

blue bayfield  inspiring curriculum around great lakes 


In 2019, Blue Bayfield was invited to address some 30 Ontario community groups and a gathering of 100 community representatives in Alberta, concerning the protection of this country’s water resources. As a result of the enthusiasm for their presentations, two members of Blue Bayfield, Ray Letheren and Betty Durst, were inspired. They wanted even more people to understand that the country’s water, and particularly the Great Lakes, are under threat and urgent action is needed to protect them—so they decided to write a book.

Anyone who had visited The Village Bookshop in Bayfield pre-lockdown may have noticed “The Great Lakes: A Time of Reckoning, Threats and Solutions,” prepared by the Blue Bayfield Outreach Committee, piled high on a table in the back room, next to a small donation jar. These books are available for a $2 minimum donation.

So that’s pretty exciting, in and of itself, to be able to write a book and get it published and distributed. And that was that, or so the committee thought. But there’s more! Their book has found its way into the school system. Students all across Ontario now have access to this book and can use it as a guide to teach them what they can do to protect the Great Lakes.

“I think you’d have to agree, that’s amazing,” said Durst. “After all, when young people, with their passion, voices and skills, are given the opportunity and the information they need to make a difference, we know they will rise to the occasion.”

Durst and Laurie Hazzard had a serendipitous encounter at a meeting of the Bayfield Ukulele Society that led to this amazing opportunity. Due to the efforts of Hazzard, a recently retired Ontario Education Officer, responsible for curriculum resource development, the book has recently become a new resource tool for Grade 9 and Grade 12 students for five geography and science courses.

“The reaction of teachers has been phenomenal. They love it! Teachers have been desperately searching for online materials during this COVID time and ‘The Great Lakes: A Time of Reckoning, Threats and Solutions’ has been just what they are looking for,” said Letheren.

“The Great Lakes are the shared legacy and treasure of all humanity. This timely and informative report gives us a history of the Great Lakes and their importance to the millions who live on them, as well as a thorough chronicling of the many threats to their very existence. Fortunately, it also offers solutions and hope and serves as a clarion call to protect these magnificent lakes for future generations,” said Amanda Keller, a Science teacher at South Huron District High School in Exeter.

The book contains information on the impact of colonization as the Great Lakes were made more accessible. It discusses topics such as invasive species and plastic pollution. The impact of pharmaceuticals and toxic cleaners are also discussed. In addition to identifying the threats, solutions are offered.

“Thanks to Blue Bayfield for pulling together a helpful report highlighting the importance of the Great Lakes! This document not only presents the known threats in understandable language but provides communities with opportunities to protect and improve the Lakes. Sometimes the environmental challenges facing our families can seem overwhelming. This summary will help people to understand the threats, develop relevant actions and build community resilience,” Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager for the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA).

Hazzard has also been responsible for digitizing the book (which is AODA compliant), as well as the creation of online teacher guides, including lesson plans, activities, learning objectives, evaluation rubrics, etc.

And it doesn’t stop there! According to Letheren, just last week, Blue Bayfield learned that the book is going to be used in the Baker Lake schools in Nunavut. And the State of Michigan is placing it in their open educational resource banks so the book will be available to any teacher in Michigan very soon. Some environmental organizations in Michigan have made copies available for the public. And Hazzard’s goal is to ensure the digitized version will be available at all the educational resource banks in all Great Lakes region states in the near future.

“And if that’s not enough, Laurie has also digitized a version for the general public. You can find the digitized book at and,” said Durst.

“This delightful book is a ‘must read’ for all who wish to learn more about our Great Lakes. The book is a comprehensive review of the history and present status of the Great Lakes. It is most insightful and stresses the need for our human species to become better stewards of this most unique heritage. My hope is that it finds a large audience,” Dr. Jim Hollingworth, of Goderich.

People can learn more about Blue Bayfield by visiting They will also find a link to the digital book there as well.

“Some people talk about changing the world. Blue Bayfield is actually doing it. Their message is clear: Read their book and get inspired to protect our Great Lakes. Our fresh water is at risk and we need to act now,” concluded Renee Sandelowsky, a member of Blue Bayfield.

Blue Bayfield would like to thank and acknowledge the following groups without whose support, this book would never have become a reality: Erb Family Foundation, Michigan; Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA); Bayfield Optimists; Bayfield River Valley Trails Association; Bruce Power; Goderich Rotary; Pizza by the Square, Bayfield; Sunset Community Foundation; The Village Bookshop; Bayfield Breeze; and Bayfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Covid friendly walk for dog guides set for early june 


The Bayfield Lions’ Club is pleased to announce that they are planning to hold their annual Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, June 6.

“I am sure you will be as pleased as we are that we are able to continue our support of this cause this year and still meet all COVID-19 protocol,” said Lion Karen Scott, one of the event organizers. “Unfortunately, we will not be able to gather after the walk for our usual refreshments and presentation.”

Participants will need to walk their dog with members of their household only. Registration will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. Masks must be worn while at the registration desk.

Anyone who would like to take part but not walk the day of can pre-register, walk, and then submit their pledges prior to June 6. People who don’t wish to physically participate but would still like to contribute to the cause can do so by pledging and donating. The preferred method of payment is through E-transfer to the Bayfield Lions at

For pledge sheets or further information please call Karen Scott at 226 441-2042.

Bayfield ratepayers association seeks new members 


After an extended hiatus the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) is back. A new Board of Directors was established in 2020 to inform Bayfield residents of the major items of concern for the current growth and future of Bayfield.

As there are several important issues being discussed at this time, the Board is seeking support to represent community views on such important issues as: Revitalization of Main Street, Bayfield Settlement Area Secondary Plan and Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion.

“It is essential that when the BRA communicate with elected representatives that they believe they truly represent the Bayfield Ratepayers. While the BRA doesn’t always agree on the solutions to the issues, they can at least get all of the opinions on the table,” said Godfrey Heathcote, chair of the BRA.

The BRA Constitution supports three membership classes: Property Owners, Tenants and Associate Members. There is a limit of two eligible members per household or residence and members must be at least 18 years of age.

Property Owners, may be either absentee, seasonal or a resident in the Ward of Bayfield; and Tenants have their principal place of residence within Bayfield. Associate Members are those who do not own property in Bayfield, and do not reside in the ward, but have a genuine interest in the welfare of Bayfield. Associate Members have to be approved by a majority of the Board of Directors. Associate Members are not entitled to be an officer or director of the Association, or to vote at the Annual General Meeting or general meetings of the BRA.

BRA current membership rates are $20 for two years and $40 for five years. They no longer offer lifetime memberships. As a result of the COVID-19 disruption, the Board has decided to waive membership fees until the next general meeting of the Association, hopefully in the fall of 2021.

“2020 was a very unusual year for all, but as 2021 rolls out things are beginning to open up again. As I am sure you have seen from the residential construction in and near town, the previously mentioned three important issues have come to the forefront again,” said Heathcote. “The BRA seeks to represent the majority consensus of Bayfield residents at Bluewater Council on the above three major issues and all other community concerns.”

All in the community are invited to become a member of the BRA so that their voices will be heard. For more information visit or email

“We welcome all classes of membership and look forward to a large turnout at the Annual General Meeting later this to be determined and announced,” concluded King.

online education programs help keep the brain active 


Looking for ways to keep the brain active while at home? Or interested in learning more about dementia and brain health? The Alzheimer Society of Huron County has Spring and Summer Online Education Programs lined up and ready.

People can find the dates and times and register for these programs by checking out the Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s Education Hour on their website at

The Dementia Basics series covers the topics the Society addresses most frequently - “Ten Warning Signs”, “Brain Changes and Dementia”, “Types of Dementia” and “Communication Changes”. These programs are currently running on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. They will run again on Thursday mornings in June at 10 a.m.

The “Brain Health 101” session covers lifestyle choices to keep the brain functioning at its best. And, hot off the press, the presentation, “What is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)?” will clarify what this diagnosis is and what resources are available. These education programs will be offered at various times in the upcoming months. Please check the Society’s website for available times.

The “Memory and Aging Program” is an engaging series that helps describe age related memory changes, brain health lifestyle choices and practice new memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook. Participants will be meeting on ZOOM from 10 a.m. to noon on the first four Wednesdays in June starting on June 2. People can register for the Memory and Aging program by visiting:

Sign up for any of these courses by clicking “Learn More” on the Education Hour at Individuals can also register by contacting the Society’s office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email


IMG_9959 People out walking near the Bayfield Harbour on Friday morning, Apr. 23, got a bit of a surprise when a Canadian Coast Guard Helicopter landed on the North Pier. It is believed the two men aboard dropped in to check the range markers to ensure safe entrance into the harbour (unconfirmed). (Photo by Mary Elizabeth Stephenson)




Community consultation on Planned Bayfield continues. A video explaining “What We Heard & Early Ideas” has been posted. Once people have watched the video, they are asked to provide feedback in the Second Round Survey.

What is Planned Bayfield? It is the development of a Secondary Plan for Bayfield; a document which will provide more detailed direction for future growth and change in Bayfield.

Public consultation on this project is hosted at Public input is critical to the successful development of the Plan – visit this link and have a say in Bayfield’s future!

Anyone with questions, comments or concerns, is asked to please email Denise Van Amersfoort, Senior planner, at

Resilient Communities Fund 

Five non-profit organizations in Huron-Bruce are receiving a total of $338,900 over the next year to help recover from the negative impacts of COVID-19. The funds will come from the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund.

“The pandemic has affected all of us in so many different ways,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “But it has also had a negative impact on our local groups and organizations that rely on community support and participation.”

Those receiving grants are: Bayfield Agricultural Society, $31,400; Tiverton Agricultural Society, $7,300; Blyth Centre for the Arts, $150,000; Community Living Walkerton and District, $80,200; and the Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians, $70,000.

The Resilient Communities Fund was launched to help the non-profit sector recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so they can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario. OTF is investing in projects of eligible non-profit organizations to aid their medium to longer-term recovery efforts, help with their stabilization and build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19. Grants range from $5,000 to $150,000.

Thompson encourages non-profit organizations to learn more about the program and to apply if they qualify.

“This fund is providing a flexible range of activities to address the diverse needs of organizations and to support them where they are at in their recovery and rebuilding,” she said.

OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund investments to the non-profit sector will work to complement existing emergency response funding already in place by local, provincial, and federal funders by addressing medium to longer-term impacts to organizations.

This fund aligns with OTF’s mandate to support the capacity of non-profit organizations and build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario.

For more information on the Resilient Communities Fund, visit:

The next deadline for grant applications will be at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4.



People may not be aware but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market didn’t close up shop at the end of Thanksgiving – the online store is still operating with bi-weekly pickups or contactless delivery. The next market pick-up day is scheduled for Friday, May 7.

People can place their orders by visiting
from May 2 at 8 a.m. to May 5 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on May 7 sometime between 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.

Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout.

Anyone who would like to receive a reminder to shop the market when it opens is invited to join the Bayfield Farmers’ Market email list. People can do so by visiting: 


Event cancelled. 

If Provincial guidelines allow, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will host a Wildflower Hike with guest enthusiast Robert Tremain on Sunday, May 23. The hike will take place if outside gatherings of at least 10 are allowed.

The hike is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Woodland Trail. Participants are asked to park or meet at the Davis Street trail head; a map can be viewed at

Unfortunately, the BRVTA have cancelled the birdwatching hike which was scheduled for May 15th.

All Bayfield trails remain open for personal use. For more information, contact Hike Coordinator Ralph Blasting at 519 525-3205.



The generosity of the community continues to brighten the lives of the people who look to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) for support. 

The BAFB is currently in need of donations of personal care products, such as, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, small shampoos, toilet paper and facial tissues.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

For anyone wanting to drop off a non-perishable food donation or personal care items, the outdoor bin located at Trinity St. James Church on Keith Crescent, can be found at the north entrance of the parish hall. This red bin is sitting next to the recycling container at that doorway facing the parking lot, and is emptied frequently.

knox, bayfield 

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield invites people to join their weekly church services, available anytime, online with YouTube and Facebook. The online links are available on the Knox, Bayfield website:

Rev. Lisa Dolson, will be hosting a Spring Book Study every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m., beginning May 11th.

The book being discussed is entitled, "The book of Joy - Happiness in a Changing World" by Douglas Abrams. It captures a seven-day conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as they discuss, "How do we find and cultivate joy, even in the face of suffering?" The book is available for purchase at The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.

All are welcome to join. Please contact Rev. Dolson for more details on how to participate in this study that will be held virtually over ZOOM.


178012256_1178296752623278_8484221231011743722_nLeo and Lucy (Submitted photo)  

Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Lucy and Leo are the Adopt-A-BFF featured cats of the week.

This beautiful bonded brother and sister would make a welcome addition to any family. Leo is a large male, who has Maine Coon characteristics, and is the shyer of the two. Lucy is a petite Calico Tabby. She is more outgoing and curious. However, once they get to know you they are both absolute love bugs that love to be cuddled, brushed and petted.

They were found as kittens and cared for by a lovely woman who took them in. Unfortunately, she can no longer care for them and the Rescue is looking for a family that will welcome both of them into their home.

Anyone who thinks Lucy and Leo are the perfect pair should contact Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at




fifth research associate welcomed to gateway roster 

Katie AllenKatie Allen and Farley (Submitted photo)  

Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) is pleased to welcome Katie Allen as their newest Research Associate.

Allen was born in, and still resides in Peterborough, ON. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph in the school of Environmental Design and Rural Development. Her research focus is rooted in creating a fair and just economy for non-metro areas in Canada by examining place-based impact investing ecosystems and enabling environments.

Allen is a life-long learner and she holds a Master of Arts degree in Sustainability Studies from Trent University. Her research for that degree focused on social enterprise and alternative governance models that address organizational stability and capacity in social purpose organizations. In 2018, she completed an Entrepreneurship program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for social entrepreneurs, innovators, and change-makers.

She is a social enterprise developer, policy wonk, social finance afficionado and strategic planner with a passion for building community resilience. She has over a decade of experience developing social enterprise, sustainability and revenue diversification plans, governance, capacity development, and strategic planning.

When not at her studies Allen enjoys time outside, reading, hiking or adventures with her Australian Shepherd, Farley. As well, she volunteers with several organizations including, the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity and coordinates the Rural Research Centres Network (R2CN). Passionate about gender equity, community economic development and community resilience, Allen is a significant addition to Gateway’s team of rural researchers. Most recently she has been involved in developing social enterprise options for Gateway as a means of achieving sustainability.

Allen looks forward to contributing to Gateway initiatives in building community resilience, health, and well-being.

President of Gateway’s Board of Directors, Gwen Devereaux said, “This has been a time of substantial growth in our organization with the addition of our 13th research chair and now our fifth research associate. We are excited to welcome Katie and we appreciate the knowledge and strength she will bring to our Rural Research Team!”

Sponsors sought for seeding a smile connectedness project 

1A428642-20C8-4629-ABF7-C96A5CE6A973Through partnership with local Community Champion residents, cards and seeds were delivered to mail boxes of isolated neighbors across Howick, Goderich, and Seaforth recently as part of “Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile”. (Submitted photos)  

Since its launch in March, Connectedness Coaching’s Call to Action “Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile” has spread smiles and connections to over 60 rural residents.


An engaged Connectedness Coaching Learner shared her experience, "I shared my seeds with my 77-year-old sister...the radish seeds reminded me of a time when we were young and we grew radishes at my home. She tried to invent all kinds of recipes to use them, even creamed radishes. Trust me, they are best on their own or in salads. She was very touched to get the seeds with the memories shared in my note to her. This pandemic has been very isolating for her. She just bought a raised garden bed so we will see who can get their radishes growing soon!”

“Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile” is a Call to Action that combats social isolation and promotes resiliency among our isolated neighbors. Engaged individuals receive a card to personalize and deliver with a seed pack to an isolated neighbor and they also receive a seed pack for themselves. The card encourages connection and the seeds enable community members to grow together and foster future conversations. This Call to Action is led by Connectedness Coaching which inspires intentional acts of kindness to reduce social isolation and improve individual wellbeing by providing educational opportunities, empowering community members and organizations to explore and enhance their resiliency through appreciative inquiry and promoting meaningful engagement in the larger community.

To help address the amplified social isolation created by this recent lockdown, three Huron communities were sponsored “smiles” by Connectedness Coaching. Through partnership with local Community Champion residents, cards and seeds were delivered to mail boxes of isolated neighbors across Howick, Goderich, and Seaforth. Another 30 local smiles were seeded, increasing resiliency through community connection and growth.

“Connectedness Coaching would like to partner with other local communities to build resilience, spreading community connection and growth during these difficult times,” said Connectedness Coaching Program Coordinator Sarah Versteeg. “If you know of, or live in, a community that would benefit from this type of connection please get involved, either by sponsoring your community ($100 for cards and seed packs for 10 households) or by becoming a Community Champion.”

Anyone who would like to participate by sponsoring or becoming a Community Champion can contact Versteeg by emailing or by calling 519 292-6862. For more details on this initiative, visit: and check out their Facebook page to see pictures of connections made @ConnectingTogetherSeedingaSmile.

Conservation Dinner virtual events raised about $40,000 

The Conservation Dinner, of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation and Exeter Lions Club, was online in 2021 for the first time. The Virtual Conservation Dinner committee said online auction bidding, along with funds raised from the Exeter Lions Club’s 50-50 raffle draw and donations and restaurant dinner proceeds, is set to raise a combined total of approximately $40,000, in net proceeds, for projects in the community.

The Exeter Lions Club’s 50-50 Raffle Draw was also online this year. It had a record prize of $6,300 and the winner’s name was drawn on Earth Day, Thursday, Apr. 21 at 7 p.m. The winner was Jeanette Parker (winning ticket number 99396823144).

Dave Frayne is chair of the Conservation Dinner Committee. He thanked the community for their generous bids and donations, raffle draw ticket purchases, and support of restaurants taking part in the first “Dine for Your Community” program. He also thanked all the businesses and donors who donated funds or items to the auction. The Conservation Dinner partners had to find new ways to raise funds this year instead of a large in-person event.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who made the first Virtual Conservation Dinner such a success,” Frayne said. “Your generosity will make it possible to continue important projects in your community.”

The online charity auction took place over a full week from Apr. 15 until Earth Day (Apr. 22). The organizers hosted, for the first time, two live cable TV broadcasts, one to launch the week and one to cap it off. The shows included appearances by local political representatives, Conservation Foundation and Lions Club members, trail users, a best-selling author and Conservation Dinner donor, and young people who have benefitted from projects of the Dinner. The committee thanked FauxPop Media Inc. for preparing the livestream shows and thanked the cable TV providers (Hay Communications; HuronTel; and Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative TCC) for broadcasting the shows. Videos of those TV shows are posted here:

The Conservation Dinner, over 30 plus years, has raised more than $1.25 million for local community conservation projects such as parks, trails, conservation areas, job opportunities and bursaries for youth, conservation education, commemorative woods, turtle habitat enhancement and monitoring projects, recreation opportunities for the young and young at heart, and more.

To learn more visit and

Coast Watchers to go mobile 

20181030_135510Volunteers are trained to observe the coast and record environmental data through weekly measurements, essentially becoming the “eyes and ears” of the lakeshore. (Submitted photo)  

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) received a generous donation from RBC Tech for Nature this year to expand their Coast Watchers program.

Coast Watchers is a citizen science program designed to engage community volunteers all along the Lake Huron shoreline. Volunteers are trained to observe the coast and record environmental data through weekly measurements, essentially becoming the “eyes and ears” of the lakeshore. The program started 16 years ago and has grown dramatically since then with volunteers of all ages working together to monitor and care for the shoreline.

Executive Director of the LHCCC, Erinn Lawrie said, “For over 22 years we have been dedicated to addressing the most pressing environmental issues facing our Great Lakes. We’re proud to be partnering with RBC Tech for Nature as we continue our mission to drive real change.”

The donation from the RBC Foundation will allow the LHCCC to create a mobile application that people can use to input environmental monitoring data; this will make it possible for more volunteers to participate in the program and easily submit important information about coastal conditions. The data collected by the citizen scientists is shared with partnering organizations and agencies so that necessary action can be taken, and this type of accurate specialized information will contribute to informed decision making.

“At RBC, we believe in the power of innovative technologies to address and scale solutions to some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time,” said Vice-President of Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability at RBC, Valerie Chort. “We’re proud to be working alongside the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation to develop real-world, scalable solutions to tackle the challenges that continue to plague our environment.”

The LHCCC is a non-government charitable organization with the goals of protecting and restoring Lake Huron's coastal environment, and supporting a healthy coastal ecosystem through education, restoration, and research projects.

To learn more about Coast Watchers, or RBC Tech for Nature, visit and


public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit:

Bluewater News

The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Apr. 19.

• Authorized the Manager of Finance to waive the penalty on late payments on current year amounts for utilities and taxes for the balance of the year on a case-by-case basis upon request by ratepayers.
• Set the date for a Special Meeting of Council for the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization Project as May 4th at 6:30 p.m.
• Adopted a by-law to establish a Parking by Permit Policy and directed staff to draft an amendment to By-law 120-2020 to include the $150 fee for a lost “hanging on-street parking permit.”
• Adopted a by-law to set water and wastewater rates for 2022 to 2027.
• Directed staff to incorporate the public comments received through the consultation process for the Shoreline Protection on Municipal Property Policy conducted between Feb. 9 and March 19th, 2021 into a draft Shoreline Protection Policy and bring it to Council.
• Received the Fourth Quarter Water Operational Reports and the 2020 Annual Compliance Report for Wastewater from OCWA.
• Directed staff to bring back a report on the process to divest certain properties along the lakeshore that are not of a strategic value to the Municipality.
• Awarded the request for proposal for one walk in/walk around rescue fire apparatus (rescue truck) to Lafleur Industries in the amount of $346,892, exclusive of taxes.
• Authorized the Fire Chief to obtain the services of MR Engineering and Design Limited for the Zurich Fire Hall renovations.
• Directed staff to engage with MR Engineering and Design to complete a preliminary design and investigation for a new Public Works shop.
• Approved a four-year term to be included in the Terms of Agreement for the 2022 Insurance Renewal Request for Approval.

walk for Alzheimer's 

This May, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County is calling on people to lace up their shoes, fundraise, and get ready to walk 1,385 steps each day in May in honor of the 1,385 people living with dementia in Huron County during the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Participants can complete their steps at their own pace—in one day, in one week, or over the whole month! This challenge is for everyone, so make sure to get friends, family, and neighbors involved and hit 1,385 steps by heading out on a long walk, dancing, or by doing chores!

Everyone will be touched by dementia—whether it is a relative, a friend, a community member, or themselves. By participating in and fundraising for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, people will make a positive difference because they’re not only raising funds— they’re also raising hope.

While the pandemic negatively impacted so many services across the country last year, people showed their support by joining this walk, raising crucial funds that allowed the Alzheimer Society of Huron County to shift many of their services online, continuing to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers in Huron County. But more funds are needed to meet the growing demand for life-changing support, including counselling, education, social recreation, in-home recreation programs for people living with dementia and respite for caregivers.

“From May 1 to 29, we’re calling on you to show your support by walking your way,” said Alzheimer Society of Huron County, Executive Director Cathy Ritsema. “Each year, 25,000 more Canadians hear, ‘You have dementia.’ It’s critical that we all get behind this cause and raise as much as possible so the Alzheimer Society can continue to help those affected overcome the challenges of dementias and live to their fullest.”

By joining the Alzheimer Society of Huron County IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, people can make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their families. 

To get involved people can sign up individually, with family, or create a team at Choose Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend or Wingham. Open a participant center at and add a photo, share a story, and set a fundraising goal. Then share a customized link to help fundraise and raise awareness.

Participants can also download a paper pledge form from or call or email the Alzheimer Society of Huron County office and one can be sent. Reach out over the phone or through email to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, and ask them support. Paper pledge forms and money can be mailed into the office or dropped off at the office in Clinton between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Other drop off times may be arranged.

Anyone who is unable to join in walking, or collecting their own pledges, is asked to please consider sponsoring someone else who is walking by following the online process outlined above or contacting a participant to arrange a donation drop off. Or people can donate to the event by clicking donate on any of the Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend, or Wingham pages.

Help the Alzheimer Society of Huron County reach their goal of $70,000 and 1,385 donations – one donation for each person living with dementia in Huron County.

Join a live broadcast on the Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s Facebook page on Sunday, May 30 at 4 p.m., where they’ll share stories from walk participants across the country and celebrate together.

For more information contact Alzheimer Society of Huron County, Community Outreach/Events Coordinator, Erin Dale by calling 519 482-1482 or emailing

Summer Company 

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Summer Company program. All students, aged 15-29, that are looking to start their own businesses are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive up to $3,000 in start-up funds and business coaching throughout the summer of 2021.

The County of Huron, in partnership with the Province of Ontario, will award up to five students the chance to start their own companies this summer.

Applications for the Summer Company program are open now through May 23. To apply, individuals must determine if they are eligible and submit an online application inquiry. They will be connected with the local program provider, Huron County Economic Development, who will support individuals in submitting an online application, which includes a business plan and cash flow projections. All submitted applications will be reviewed and applicants may be contacted for an interview before being approved for the program.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit

For more information about the Summer Company program, please visit or contact Entrepreneur and Business Coach, Patrick Donnelly at 519 524-8394 Ex. 3307 or by email at

Move for Mentoring

From May 1st-15th community members are invited to “Move for Mentoring” by getting active, having fun, and helping to ignite the power and potential of young people in the area in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron (BBBSSH).

BBBSSH provides their services to Ailsa Craig, Bayfield, Brucefield, Centralia, Crediton, Clinton, Dashwood, Exeter, Grand Bend, Hensall, Huron Park, Lucan, Parkhill, Seaforth, Vanastra, Zurich and surrounding areas.

They provide a variety of quality mentoring programs that are supported by professional caseworkers, ensuring their programs meet agency and national standards while ensuring safe, positive and healthy relationships between Big and Little. These programs, the support, and professional case work, are offered at absolutely no charge to young people and their families. The agency relies primarily on funds raised through The Little Shop (their children’s consignment store), grants, fundraisers, sponsorship and individual donations, to provide programming.

Move for Mentoring is a simple and fun way to help support BBBSSH. People are invited to challenge themselves (and each other) to be active while raising pledges to support area young people. During the first two weeks of May participants will commit to a movement of their choice – walking, running, cycling (one, two or five kilometres) or holding a one-hour dance party are but examples, participants are encouraged to get creative on how they can Move for Mentoring. The next step is to let everyone know about the challenge completion by tagging Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron on social media with photo or video evidence of the challenge as it happens or after it happens using the hashtags #BBBSSH #BiggerTogether

People can sign up as an individual or part of a team. To register visit: Register by Apr. 24 to receive a branded BBBSSH bandana to wear while moving, sponsored by Canadian Tire. Participants will also have a chance to win a daily draw prize, sponsored by Tim Horton’s, from May 1st-15th on Facebook: Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron.

Participants are asked to collect pledges using their online fundraising page. Paper pledge forms are also available. Donations will be accepted until May 31st.

For more information, or to register, please contact the BBBSSH office at or call 519 235-1780, or visit their web-site at, or reach out on Facebook.





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The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (temporarily closed). But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

As COVID-19 protocols have denied people access to hair salons and barbershops people may be looking for creative ways to keep their hair styled…perhaps hair combs like these found in the Musuem collection will make a comeback?

According to the Museum website, "High back combs were used to tuck and hold hair in place. The hair was fastened low on the head near the nape of the neck. The combs were designed to be viewed from the back."

Brown Back Comb 

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This comb is from the 1880s and is made of celluloid. It is a brown decorative comb with a curved top edge. The top panel is decorated with raised flowers. The comb has six tines.

This item belonged to Betty (Feagan) Williams, her mother Lizzie (Adams) Feagan, who married Chester Feagan; and grandmother Rebecca (Swaffield) Adams, or Great Aunts Jessie and Naomi Swaffield all from Colborne Twp., Goderich Twp. and later Goderich.


Olive green comb 

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This is a high back comb from the early 1900s made of plastic. It is olive green in color with bright green rhinestones included in an intricate design. It has four tines to hold hair.

This comb belonged to Laurel Carrie (Bates) McDougall who was born in 1898.


French Ivory Comb 

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This is a French Ivory Luoman's ornamental hair comb. It is made of celluloid and has eight tines.

It belonged to Eliza Ann Thompson, and her daughter, Sarah Rebecca (Becky) Thompson, who lived on a farm on the East half of Lot 22, Concession 6, West Wawanosh.



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Bayfield People and canine community 

trash collection supported by many dog lovers 

Dude's TrashDude was very proud to due his part in cleaning up the community.

DudeSean Taylor, and his dog, Dude, took clean up very seriously and picked up along Hwy. 21 from Cameron Street out to DL Creations - over a four hour stretch they managed to collect enough trash to fill both their household recycling and trash bins.

prizeThese stylish dog tags designed by a local artisan at Gestalt Designs, was the prize won by Janneke Vorsteveld and her canine pal, Sherlock, as part of a photo contest organized by the Bayfield PACC during the clean-up campaign.  

BearBear's owner noted on the Bayfield PACC Facebook page that he was helpful searching out abandoned poop piles on the Varna trails and was patient during pick up. Now that is a team effort to be proud of!  

VioletAccording to a post on the Bayfield PACC Facebook page, Violet proved to be a pro-sniffer and digger during Earth Day clean up. She, and her owner, picked up such items as, cigarette butts, balloons with ribbon, styrofoam, wet wipes, shotgun shells, and random bits of plastic during their efforts.  


Violet and PaulaPaula Brent, and her Golden Retriever, Violet, took part in the COVID-safe clean up initiative organized by the Bayfield PACC last week.

LunaLuna joined her family to clean up a section of Bayfield during Earth Day activities last week.  

Romulus and RemusRomulius and Remus were undeterred by a few snowflakes in getting out for a walk as well as some Earth Day cleanup activity.

Bayfield PACC SignThese signs are out and about town now as a friendly reminder!



The current provincial COVID-19 safety guidelines permit peope to exercise outside and walk their dogs. To this end, the Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) asked community members to consider picking up litter while they were taking a wallk on their own or with a canine companinon over an extended Earth Day, Apr. 22-24. 

“The Earth Day Clean-Up Weekend started out with unseasonably cold temperatures this past Thursday. Mother Nature even gifted us with a bit of snow, however, that didn’t stop our intrepid, community-minded citizens from conducting a COVID-safe, clean-up operation. Fortunately, Friday and Saturday provided for two beautiful sunny days,” said said Suzan Johnson, a Bayfield PACC member. “Judging from the photos received on the Bayfield PACC (People and Canine Community) Facebook page, our citizens heeded the call and collected a significant amount of trash. Our canine friends were in the thick of the action and seemed to approve of the new signage scattered throughout the village.”

The Bayfield PACC Facebook Group also decided to have a bit of fun amid all the cleaning up and held a little contest asking their members to post photos of their personal Earth Day activity. The photo that was judged best at conveying the Earth Day message and philosophy belonged to Janneke Vorsteveld and her canine pal, Sherlock.

“Congratulations and thank you for sharing your image,” said Johnson. “Not only did they win a stylish dog tag designed by a local artisan at Gestalt Designs, Janneke has also been awarded the coveted title of ‘PACC Member of the Month’ and Sherlock’s photo will be proudly pinned to the top of the page for an entire week.

“As with so many events of late, COVID has forced us to adapt our activities in ways we could never have imagined. It was inspiring and gratifying to see our citizens meet the challenge of the current situation and still manage to take part in a safe and responsible Earth Day.”

The Bayfield PACC would like to again remind everyone of their on-going commitment to responsible dog ownership which includes encouraging all residents and visitors to clean up after their pets.

“Hopefully, this past week will have given us all an opportunity to reflect on the importance of caring for our little blue planet. Thank you, Bayfield!” concluded Johnson.

Community members are invited to join the group’s Bayfield PACC Facebook page or visit their website at to learn more about the organization.

Julaine and FinnJulaine Brent is the current president of the Bayfield PACC. She and her dog, Finn, were out collecting trash over the extended Earth Day event.  

SherlockJanneke Vorsteveld and her pal, Sherlock, are appreciative of the new signage the Bayfield PACC have placed about town to remind people to be respectful to the community by cleaning up after their dog when out walking.

PatClean up didn't just include Bayfield, some people took it upon themselves to clean up along the Varna Nature Trails.  

HadjiHadji sniffs out one of the new signs that have been placed around the community by the recently formed Bayfield People and Canine Community (PACC) group.  



PIXILATED — image of the week

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In case you were wondering - the eaglets have arrived......By Gary Lloyd-Rees

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued









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Last week, I shared that Bayfield had lost Carlos Murguia. I heard from so many of you that expressed both shock and sadness at his sudden death. He obviously left an impression and touched a lot of hearts as the co-owner, for many years, of Davinci Ristorante and Art Gallery on the village’s Main Street, along with his life companion, the late Doug Marr.

Many who remember Carlos, and Doug, may wish to contribute to a Go Fund Me project that was recently created in their honor: “Bayfield Bench & Tree for Doug and Carlos”.

The funds will be used to purchase a bench ($3,500) and a tree ($250), plus administrative fees. Any remaining money will be donated to children's charities, as per Carlos' wishes. The funds raised will be overseen by Katherine Ferris, Kathy Dawson and Stephanie King.

To donate, or to share the page to spread the word, visit: - Melody 

Ideas and contributions to the Bayfield Breeze are always welcome.
Deadlines for submissions are Sundays at 4 p.m.

Please email me at or call 519-525-3830.


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Writer, editor, photographer: Melody Falconer-Pounder
Web publisher/Graphic Designer: Dennis Pal
Advertising Sales: Mike Dixon
Logo Design: Kyle Vanderburgh, Goderich Print Shop
Special thanks to the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce
Breeze Committee:Mike Dixon, John Pounder, Dennis Pal, Melody Falconer-Pounder